Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils End Luka Modric Interest

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIJune 28, 2012

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Luka Modric of Spurs cedlebrates after scoring his team's second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on May 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are set to drop their interest in Tottenham and Croatian star Luka Modric with the £40 million asking price believed to be too much for the Red Devils.

According to, the Red Devils made the midfielder their top transfer priority after signing Shinji Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund but will not offer any more than the £30 million they reportedly offered Tottenham previously.

With Kagawa now in the United team and the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs retained for another season, the Red Devils midfield is very strong and the addition of Modric is just a luxury. Granted, it's a luxury they would have liked, but Sir Alex Ferguson has no pressure on him to pick up another midfielder of Modric's class in the transfer window just yet.

With Manchester United no longer in the running, it appears likely Modric will make a move to Real Madrid over the summer transfer window. His desire is for Champions League football will be the key factor, as he highlighted earlier in the week:

Here [at Tottenham] I am no longer able to fulfil my dream. I’m going to play in the Champions League—I want to win this competition.

Tottenham could reportedly pick up Nuri Sahin as well as £30 million for their star midfielder, which, for an inevitable move now, seems to be the best deal available for Spurs.

For United, their top transfer target now appears to be Porto's James Rodriguez, though the cost of that transfer could potentially be too high for the Red Devils. 

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